Cahill suffers night to forget

Centre-back admits reunion with Bolton will be a 'weird situation'

Gary Cahill: Started in place of the injured John Terry and could not prevent a 3-1 defeat

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill will not look back fondly on his UEFA Champions League debut.

January signing Cahill once again found himself thrown in at the deep end after John Terry failed to recover from injury and he was once again found wanting in Tuesday night's 3-1 last-16 first-leg defeat by Napoli in Italy.

But Cahill was by no means the worst culprit in what was another defensive horror-show from Andre Villas-Boas' struggling Blues, leaving them in real danger of crashing out of the competition.

Cahill said: "I'm ridiculously disappointed. Disappointed with the result, the night, the Champions League debut.

"So it was a pretty low night for myself, actually."

As on Cahill's Chelsea debut against Manchester United, his new side threw away a lead on Tuesday after Juan Mata netted what could still prove a crucial away goal.


Basic mistake after basic mistake followed and Napoli were more than worthy of their two-goal cushion.

"It started off brilliantly," Cahill said. "We were frustrating them early doors, they made a mistake and we got the goal.

"For some reason, it seemed really open after that instead of really solid.

"We should have shut the door, made everything really compact and gone in at half-time 1-0 up, but it wasn't to be. I think we were too easily cut open."

Next up is Saturday's Premier League clash with the Bolton side Cahill left just over a month ago.

"It has come round pretty quickly," he said. "It is going to be a weird situation, knowing the lads and knowing how they play."

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